This Day in ’85: a-ha hits #1 with “Take on Me”
35 years ago, a-ha sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut American single, a tune which to this day remains their biggest hit on the U.S. charts. Alas, many Americans believe it to be their only hit on the U.S. charts, but donât get us started on that or weâll be here all day.
Credited jointly to Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket, and PÃ¥l Waaktaar, a.k.a. the three members of a-ha, âTake on Meâ obviously made its most substantial impact in the States as a result of its instantly-unforgettable music video, so without further ado, letâs cut to the chase and embed the thing right here, shall we?
Boy, thatâs good stuff, ainât it? Even after 35 years, it still hits the spot.
âTake on Meâ evolved out of a tune called âPanorama,â which was subsequently retitled âMiss Eerie,â but it started life not as an a-ha song but, rather, as a track by Bridges, the band that Waaktaar and Furuholmen called home before joining forces with Harket. When Bridges collapsed (see what we did there?) the two friends moved to London for six months in the hopes of starting their music career anew, but it went nowhere, so they came back home. Good thing they did, too: thatâs when Harket joined them, and âMiss Eerieâ evolved into âLesson One,â which in turn eventually transformed into âTake on Me.â
But why are we telling you all this when you could just be watching the documentary about the song that was released last year?
Weâre just reasonably presuming that youâve now learned everything you could ever have wanted to know about âTake on Me,â so weâll go ahead and wrap things up by reminding you that thereâs more to a-ha than this song, which you can find out for yourself if you just press âplayâ on their debut album, HUNTING HIGH AND LOW.
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